PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A Carrick family lost everything when their house caught fire in the middle of the night.
The family say a volunteer firefighter was in the right place at the right time.
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The fire was intense, the windows were blown out and nothing can be recovered.
The mother quickly left the house with her daughters, who are 1 and 4, desperate for help.
Fortunately, a volunteer firefighter was walking past the house in the 300 block of Carrick Avenue.
Pittsburgh EMS, firefighters and police arrived around midnight and came to thick smoke coming from the house.
Sarah Skees’ husband and two sons were driving home from the Steelers game at Heinz Field while she and her two daughters were at home.
She saw smoke and went to the room she was coming from and said a portable air conditioning unit was on fire.
Without a charged phone, Sarah couldn’t call 911, so he ran from house to house screaming for help.
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“I’m knocking on the neighbor’s door and trying to wave people over and a volunteer firefighter just came down to the street and he heard me screaming and my daughters screaming, and he called and that’s when “There the firefighters came,” she reminded herself.
“We just moved into the house, we are trying to make a way for our family, we just saw everything go downhill,” said Edward Johnson.
They were renting the place and had no tenant insurance. The couple have 7 children and 4 of them live with them.
The Red Cross provided comfort kits and financial assistance to the family.
Now they have to start from scratch, and in the meantime they are staying with their families.
However, they remain positive, grateful that no one was hurt and that they still love each other.
The fire investigation unit determines the cause of the fire.
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